6 September 2013


As Washington's strategic focus shifts towards Asia and the Pacific, there is an opportunity for the mapping of a common European 'grand strategy', write Doug Stokes and Richard Whitman in the new issue of International Affairs. The heavy lifting involved in the creation of such a strategy would naturally fall to two main powers, namely France and the United Kingdom. However, the UK's fraught and increasingly uncertain relationship with Europe, as well its default strategy of remaining relevant to the US, is likely to complicate any moves towards deeper strategic interdependence.

Sven Biscop from Egmont, the Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels, points to two priorities for Europe in this new international context: making a new start in relations with the continent's southern neighbours after the Arab Awakening, and deciding which responsibilities Europeans will assume as security providers, after the American 'pivot' to Asia.

Elsewhere, Justin Morris from the University of Hull argues that the future of the responsibility to protect (R2P) concept looks to be fraught with difficulty. He writes that the Syrian case indicates that Libya marked less R2P's 'coming of age', and more a potentially fatal injury to an already fragile consensus.

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